We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Free the Equality Nine! Action Sept. 28 in Downtown San Diego

by Mark Gabrish Conlan/Zenger's Newsmagazine Monday, Sep. 19, 2011 at 2:05 AM
mgconlan@earthlink.net (619) 688-1886 P. O. Box 50134, San Diego, CA 92165

Over a year has passed since the ?Equality Nine? ? members and supporters of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (S.A.M.E.) ? were arrested on August 19, 2010 at the San Diego County Administrative Center. Now the Equality Nine plan to present their petitions to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith at a rally Wednesday, September 28, 4 p.m. outside the City Attorney?s office, 1200 Third Avenue downtown. The next court hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday, October 17 in the San Diego County Courthouse downtown.

Free the Equality Ni...
solidarityeq9.a.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x450

Free the Equality Nine! Action Sept. 28 Downtown

Next Court Hearing in the Case Scheduled for Oct. 17


Copyright © 2011 by Mark Gabrish Conlan for Zenger’s Newsmagazine • All rights reserved

PHOTO: Members of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (S.A.M.E.) at a previous demonstration supporting the defense of the Equality Nine. (Photo by Cathy Mendonça, courtesy the S.A.M.E. Web site.)

Over a year has passed since the “Equality Nine” — Michael Anderson, Brian Baumgardner, Sean Bohac, Felicity Bradley, Kelsey Hoffman, Mike Kennedy, Zakiya Khabir, Chuck Stemke, and Cecile Veillard, members and supporters of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (S.A.M.E.) — were arrested on August 19, 2010 at the San Diego County Administrative Center. Since then they’ve been organizing a campaign to ask San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to drop the charges against them — and have been circulating a “Drop the Charges” petition, available on their Web site, http://www.samealliance.com, or at http://www.petitiononline.com/equal9/petition.html

Now the Equality Nine plan to present their petitions at a rally Wednesday, September 28, 4 p.m. outside the City Attorney’s office, 1200 Third Avenue downtown. A number of prominent San Diegans, including elected officials, Queer and non-Queer activists and experts on civil rights law, have been invited to speak. S.A.M.E. members who weren’t arrested will present the petitions to Goldsmith’s office on the 16th floor of the building. The next court hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday, October 17 in the San Diego County Courthouse downtown.

“The Equality Nine engaged in a peaceful sit-in when the County Clerk would not issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples that day [August 19, 2010], as they were willing to do for any opposite-sex couple that stepped into the office,” the online petition explains. “The Nine were arrested by dozens of Sheriff’s Deputies in full riot gear and military-style formation. They were shackled and marched out to buses, then were brought to jail where they were processed and spent several hours.

The protest was held in connection with the ruling by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker that Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on legal recognition of same-sex marriages in California, “disadvantages Gays and Lesbians without rational justification” and therefore “violates the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.” S.A.M.E., the petition site explains, was protesting a “stay” — legal-speak for “delay” — of Judge Walker’s decision that he imposed and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed. As marriage equality attorney Jason Molnar recently explained to the San Diego Democratic Club, this stay, which is expected to last until the case is finally resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the only thing currently preventing same-sex couples from being married in California.

“We believe this is absurd,” the online petition argues. “The courts should not suspend the people’s constitutional rights until those who despise them are satisfied. The stay must be lifted. Now, the new Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, is asking the courts to end the stay. Within the past few months, nationally, Congress and President Obama voted to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (the policy that forbade Queer people from serving openly in the U.S. military). Recently, the Obama Administration signaled that they will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the law which maintains marriage inequality at the federal level. With the edifice of official discrimination crumbling all around us, the City should not persecute activists who are proving to be on the right side of history.”

S.A.M.E. is holding signature drives for the drop-the-charges petition Saturday, September 17 and 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of Sixth and University in Hillcrest. They are also planning to circulate the petition at the Adams Avenue Street Fair September 24 and 25 and at other major community events. To participate, or for more information, call (858) 335-6615, e-mail info@samealliance.com or visit http://www.samealliance.com on the Web.

Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy